Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mission Complete

I did it. Last night I completed 50,000 words for the challenge of NaNoWriMo. I had a few set backs, but it's done. I have officially decided my writing program is being thrown out and I am now looking for a new one. My program said I had already reached 50k about 2500 words early. Just to be safe, I went over my presumed estimate. I'm not finished with the novel yet. Maybe another chapter or two and I'll wrap it up. I spent a good part of today proof reading and made some adjustments. Kind of hard to write at the moment since I'm not scrambling to reach a word count in the few hours remaining to November. It was fun, and exhausting, maybe even a little depressing at times. I'd do it all over again. Hopefully next time I'll be able to start with the full calender month instead of only half of it. Wow. And goodnight.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

30k

I finally have reached 30k on my word count. It wasn't nearly as exciting as 25k. Passing the halfway point was a relief. This new mile marker was terrible. I had the worst writer block EVER. I seriously sat there and stared at the screen until my head throbbed. But I couldn't quit. I had set a goal and I knew I could do it. The remedy probably will come back to bite me later. I skipped through my plot. Yep, jumped forward and bypassed a huge chunk of my story line. It was weird. I found myself explaining more than what was needed just to figure out where I was. I don't know how I'm going to fill the void, but I'll have to face it sooner than later. For now, I'm still flowing with advanced portion. Still, I reached the suggested daily goal NaNo set for me to accomplish the deadline, and I stopped right on my own set goal. Promptly went to bed there after. Er, it was early this morning. I'm paying for it now. I'm either a zombie or a cylon at this point.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Technical Difficulties

I suffered a temporary setback in my NaNo adventure today. Apparently, my writing program counts each tab, or new line, as a word. So, I had the privilege of backtracking through my 120 some odd pages and remove each tab and line break. This cost me nearly 600 words from my count. That was frustrating. I didn't cry, but I sure wanted to. Instead, I sat down and typed with the aim to make my incompetent program feel my pain. The result, I increased my word count by over 5k words today. My current standing is 26802. That felt really good. Well, I'm exhausted and I don't want to look at my computer for about another year, but it was encouraging to see my progress bar actually progress.

I'm seriously wondering if I'm going to accomplish the 50k goal, but I'm definitely trying. It has been harder than I thought it would have been. Home life hasn't suffered too much for it. I somehow managed to house a celebration party yesterday to Colt's earning a new certification, Mac Tech now. Laundry is mostly caught up, kind of. The cats are as fat as usual. The tort and bunny are probably overfed. I've even taken time to make sure the evil lovebird isn't too bored. All in all, I think I'm balancing this challenge with my ordinary tasks. Maybe...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Over My Head

So, like I said earlier: I signed up for the National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo. I'm having fun. It's a bit of a challenge. The story is coming together, but I can't sit still long enough to do any writing. I just knew I could do it, 50k words in 30 days, but I only had 16 days since I had a late start. It didn't sound too bad. But, here I am with 12 days to go and I'm sitting with 12014 words. That means I have 37986 more to go. That's a lot. The recommended words per day to finish on time is 3166. Considering I've been writing for four days, I've actually covered quite a bit of ground. What is daunting is how quickly time is running out. I start to get overwhelmed, then remember next week is a holiday, thus I will have five days straight to work on it. That helps. Then I realize that if I don't nearly finish it in those five days, I'm really out of time. That's what gets me. I guess my point is that I'm having fun and really enjoying this challenge, writing marathon if you would, but I'm also freaked that the month is almost up. Hopefully next year I'll be more prepared. Their website has been encouraging, I'm not the only one who got aboard late, and I'm not the only one with a dwindling word count. But everyone finds the bright side and shares their excitement. All around a good deal, I think.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Diving In Head First

I have been 'officially' working on writing for a little over a year now. I have one novel that has been my project for longer than that. I've rewritten it so many times I've quit keeping track. It could easily be stretched into a series type novel. There is a second manuscript I've been working on for a few months now and it is much closer to being finished than my first. I had hoped to have it done by the end of the year, but it's not looking so hot. I get rolling on these stories, then hit a block and freeze up. Juggling two actually helped. I'll work on one till I don't want to look at it any longer then switch to the other and revamp or progress. I am also my biggest critic. I'll love the way it is forming, then want to tear it up the next time I look it over. Hopefully I'm growing in my 'craft' and will eventually finish one of them.

This is where I'm jumping in....
November is apparently National Novel Writing Month. This is news to me. I found out this weekend, just as I started a third manuscript. So, I signed up and have accepted the challenge of writing a 50k word novel in 30 days. I've shorted myself 13 days with the late entry, but hey, why not.

So, here goes nothing. I'll try to keep you posted as I go mad with writing!

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Why not you try, too!?!

It'll be fun.